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Ample collection of short stories, with essays, notes and questions for each.


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Ample collection of short stories, with essays, notes and questions for each.

56 review for Understanding Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sohail

    This book feels more like a course than a textbook. The text reads like what a professor would tell you at the classroom, except it's in book form and accessible to everyone. On a side note, considering the time this book was published, its 'Biographical Notes' section felt like a journey back in time. Only the birth dates of authors such as Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, and Flannery O'connor were mentioned, without dates of decease. This book feels more like a course than a textbook. The text reads like what a professor would tell you at the classroom, except it's in book form and accessible to everyone. On a side note, considering the time this book was published, its 'Biographical Notes' section felt like a journey back in time. Only the birth dates of authors such as Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, and Flannery O'connor were mentioned, without dates of decease.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    “诚然,进行创作只是虚构一个故事而已,但是,不管这种活动自身多么卑微,它却拥有至上的荣誉和荣耀——因为每写一篇小说都需提出新的问题,都需作家经过百般努力,所以它总能使所有人得益而作家自己也有所得……”“诚然,作家在创作时是默默无言的,但是随时都可以感觉到一种力量,这种力量为作家的情感和感觉打开大门,而当那发放出来的冲动达到一定程度时,它就会使作家和读者都不由自主地感到欣喜。生活的世界将像以往一样经久如故,然而小说,若与其他东西相比,将是足够幸运的,因为它可以每日每时地编造并讲述自己的故事。”

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Dâng

    三十暝晡讀書。

  4. 4 out of 5

    Father Steve

    Worth the commentary on "House of Usher" and its critique of modern horror as a genre. "The horror is relatively meaningless—it is generated for its own sake; and one is inclined to feel that Poe's interest in the story was a morbid interest." Wilson's commented on this notion as a type of spiritual "catharsis" on his blog. Worth the commentary on "House of Usher" and its critique of modern horror as a genre. "The horror is relatively meaningless—it is generated for its own sake; and one is inclined to feel that Poe's interest in the story was a morbid interest." Wilson's commented on this notion as a type of spiritual "catharsis" on his blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    I enjoyed the variety in Understanding Poetry more than this book, but Cleanth Brooks provides an excellent introduction to literary criticism of novels through this work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    wally

    i read an earlier edition.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Niemeyer

    If nothing else, this is a superb collection of short stories, well worth your time even if the academic interludes are trying to some, they can be skipped and this book would still be a winner.

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    Tom Pepper

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    Tim Hawkins

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    Pan Yuan

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    S. Mehdi

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    Matt Peters

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    Hug

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    John

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    Leverett Butts

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    Steve Ellerhoff

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    Michael

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    Kaj Tanaka

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    Eftihia S.

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    Joseph

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    Lisa Leung

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    Marfy

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    J. H.

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    Cathy Sahu

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    Inna

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    Josh

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    Matthew Toussain

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    Donovan

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    Jolie J

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    Christopher

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    John

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    Kathy

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    J-L

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    John Ervin

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    Ashby

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    Kristina

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    Behrooz rasuli

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    Nicki

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    Christian

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    Tim Goebel

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    Peggy

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    Nln

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    Amanda Skjoldal

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    Michael

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    Vicki Carter

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    Ryan

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    James

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    Michael

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    Cecilia

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